Chariots Of Fire


Revisiting the medal-winning Olympics saga

You can’t help feeling the brains behind this re-issue are overestimating our affection for a film whose 1982 Oscar glory (it won four, including Best Picture) is now regarded as more of a false dawn than a sign of British cinema emerging from the doldrums.

Honestly, is any one out there really that keen to re-acquaint themselves with this airless saga of university toffs building themselves up to run for God and country at the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris?

Okay, so Vangelis’ score, with its magnificent, soaring synths, may prompt the odd twinge of nostalgia. For most, though, Hugh Hudson’s movie will represent an era of stultifying middlebrow inoffensiveness that’s as much a historical relic as the medals it lionises.

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    • NickyC

      Jul 3rd 2012, 10:31


      A very immature review and one that smacks of a lack of experience. It's reactionary, ill-informed and Neil has used the re-issue of a bonafide classic as a sounding board for his own prejudices and elitism. Ironically, they are two of the themes of the film and a source of social tension in Britain at the time when the film was made, but that all seems to have gone straight over the reviewer's head.

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    • hendrixisgod777

      Jul 5th 2012, 8:56

      Completly agree with the comments made by NIcky C. I don't know whether or not Neil Smith was just having a bad day at the office or not but there's no excuse for the amount of vitriol he manages to pack into these 3 paragraphs. 'University toffs'??? He's probably one himself, ripping off the irreverant writing style seen in magazines like the now defunct, 'Wizard' magazine. The problem is, while that style was en vogue 20 years ago, nowadays it just sounds like a childish rant by a keyboard warrior.

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